In what seems to be a first, the trailer of Jayasurya’s upcoming film,Njan Marykutty, was released on May 13 by five trans women – makeup artist Renju Renjimar, IT Professional Zara Sheikh, entrepreneur Thripthy Shetty, social activist Sheethal Shyam and legal advisor Riya, at Lulu Fashion Week held in Lulu Mall, Kochi.
The film’s trailer begins with Jayasurya confessing to the doctors, “I was born a male but my gender is female. I want to become a complete woman. Please help me.”
Visuals of weighing scales, shoes and running tell us that Jayasurya’s character harbours athletic dreams. We also see her being trained in music. The trailer further shows the character identifying herself as transsexual and not transgender. One hopes that the film has been sensitive in making this choice in language and that the makers are aware of why some choose to identify with the latter term than the former.